Photographer Michael Wolf's Tall Order


Home sweet home
Wolf makes urban abstracts out of Hong Kong's housing blocks

German photographer Michael Wolf is perhaps best known for his preoccupation with scale. With a cool, methodical, formalist vision in the vein of compatriots and fellow imagemakers Andreas Gursky and Candida Höfer, he has, in his most widely recognized photographs, depicted what he calls the "architecture of density" in Hong Kong, the city he has called home for the past 14 years. Some of this work formed part of his excellent 2005 book Hong Kong: Front Door/Back Door, which focused on the surreal traces of city dwellers in eerily depopulated urban frames. It is a subject to which he...

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